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5 Reasons to Visit Mozambique

This southern African country is not yet an A-list tourist destination, but it is fast-emerging on the international travel map. I am lucky to have discovered its unspoiled and untamed beauty in its purest and most authentic form. And while I hope it will always remain so secluded and unnoticed by hordes of tourists, I…

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Mix Things Up in Marrakech

Marrakech has everything to offer both the customary budget traveller and those in search of a more luxury experience. Whether you’re looking for pure relaxation beneath a glowing sun or the chaos and cacophony of bartering in the bazaars whilst running between museums, Marrakech has it all. Far from being simply a sunny tourist spot,…

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Escape to Essaouira

If you manage to last more than three days in bustling, boiling, beautiful Marrakesh, without longing for a cool sea breeze and a change of pace, I salute you. However, if you are looking to escape the (admittedly mind-blowing) cultural-epicentre-turned-tourist-trap that is one of Morocco’s most popular cities, and find yourself wishing to spend a…

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Backpack Afrique: Senegal

I had to wait almost a year but eventually I made it to Senegal. I had the good fortune to spend a couple months based in the countries capital: Dakar. Despite what are slightly higher costs for lodging, I highly recommend Senegal as a backpacking destination. Here are a few ways you see the city…

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Getting To Know Dakar’s Art Scene

“Graffiti has never had an illegal status in Dakar…Officials, businessmen, and neighborhood people support the graffeurs. They all see graffiti art as a force to cleanse and beautify the disintegrating spaces of their culturally rich but economically impoverished city. Expressing a vision of graffiti that might seem strange in the U.S., graffeur Triga (Youssoufa Touré,…

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A Beginner’s Guide to Backpacking Africa

‘You know you’re only doing the beginner’s guide to Africa, right?’, an old Namibian banker croakily laughed to me as we shared charred marshmallows and discussed my journey through Namibia, Botswana and Zambia. In the centre of Windhoek he was probably right: it had a Nandos, a shopping mall, and a whole range of Western…